Western Power is currently working to restore power to 15,000 customers across the state, with the large majority in the South West region.
Western Power is investigating two transmission lines to find a fault that is mainly affecting Manjimup and Bridgetown areas. Other areas impacted in the South West include Pemberton, Boyup Brook and Nannup.
Power generators have been mobilised for the area. The generators are being used for essential services, including:
- Denreath Cottages (Aged Care Facility Manjimup)
- Moonya Lodge (Aged Care Facility Manjimup)
- Majimup Supermarket
- Manjimup Service Station
At the moment we are trying to find the fault on our main transmission line and safely clear hazards, then restore the bulk of supply to customers. A helicopter and ground crews are being used to find the fault along the line.
Extra crews from Perth have been deployed to assist local crews in the South West, with more ready to assist tomorrow if required.
Extra generators are also currently being sent to Bunbury on stand-by should they be required tomorrow.
Crews will work around the clock this evening, restoring power to as many customers as possible. However it is our expectation that some some customers may be without power overnight.
Potentially hampering restoration efforts as another cold front sweeps through the South West between 8pm-2am this evening, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting further strong winds.
We understand this is a difficult time for the South West community and appreciate their patience and support as we endeavour to remedy this situation as safely and quickly as possible.
A reminder for the public - If you see fallen powerlines remember to stay clear and make the safe call to Western Power on 13 13 51. Our call centre has additional staff on handle an increase in activity.